Dangers & Annoyances
- Most travellers enjoy their time in Cebu City and experience no security issues.
- It's not wise to walk downtown streets late at night; take taxis to get around.
- Pickpockets are present in transport terminals.
Embassies & Consulates
Emergency & Important Numbers
|Police Emergency Hotline||032-166, 032-161|
|Report Child Sex Tourism National Hotline||in Manila 02-524 1660|
|Tourist Police||0939 519 4321, 032-412 1838|
Entry & Exit Formalities
BOI Office Generally an efficient office for visa extensions. Best visited in the morning and note they can close before the official time. Located in Mandaue, 5km northeast of central Cebu City.
Cebu is a gay-friendly destination, with a large gay, lesbian and trans population and many gay-friendly bars and clubs in the Mango Sq area. The Facebook group www.facebook.com/cebu.lgbtq is a good resource.
Cebu has hosted Pride events, including a well-attended march in April 2017; see www.facebook.com/uppridecebu.
Most Cebuanos (and tourists) find 4G is perfect for internet access while in the city.
Virtually every hotel and guesthouse in town has wi-fi, as do many cafes and restaurants. Cybercafes are a dying breed, but a few remain in the outer suburbs.
National Mapping & Resource Authority For nautical and topographical maps and charts.
Offices and banks are closed on public holidays, although shops and malls stay open (exception: Maundy Thursday and Good Friday when virtually the entire country closes down).
Banks 9am–4.30pm Monday to Friday (most ATMs operate 24 hours)
Embassies & Consulates 9am–noon Monday to Friday
Post Offices 8am–5pm Monday to Friday, to 1pm Saturday
Public Offices 8am–5pm Monday to Friday
Restaurants 7am or 8am to 10pm or 11pm
Shopping Malls 10am–9pm or 10pm
Supermarkets 9am–7pm or 8pm
Outside the main entrance to the Ayala Center are the branch offices of international couriers.
Central Post Office On the harbourfront.
There are several sources of tourist information in Cebu:
Airport Tourist Information Desk At the arrivals terminal.
Cebu City Tourism Commission Centrally located; good for city information.
Department of Tourism Covers central Visayas.
Travellers' Lounge Located just outside SM City Mall, this handy lounge has a bag-drop (P30, same-day pick-up only), showers (P50), free wi-fi and sells certain ferry tickets.
Travel with Children
Cebu City is not a great destination for children, the traffic is chaotic so watch those loved ones carefully when crossing roads. There are few sights that particularly appeal to kids but SM Seaside City Cebu has an ice rink and the IMAX at SM City Mall will impress. Investigating the (dried) marine life at Taoban Market may appeal or if not the (live) butterflies and moths at Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary are another option. To cool off, head to the huge pool at Montebello Villa Hotel.
Cebu City is quite a tough place to get around with all those broken pavements and potholes. Taxi drivers are usually helpful and will aid travellers with disabilities in and out of cabs.